The making of the Birka Collection: I made your cloth

April 28th my new Birka collection will be presented at the Uma Obscura festival in Umeå, Sweden. I am so excited, my very first fashion show! I have been collecting items for this line for over three years, now I see my vision take shape.

When you know exactly who made your cloth.

Today I scored a vintage hand woven locally made table cloth, made by a lady called Nanny Falkman-Johansson from Källö-Knippla, one of the islands of the Gothenburg archipelago. Isn’t that amazing? Talk about knowing who made your clothes. It turns out that one of my closest friend’s grand mother lives at that very island. I asked her about Nanny to see if I could find out some more information, and I sure did. Nanny lived to be over 90 years old and was well known on the island as a very talented crafter who worked with textiles.

The Birka Collection will be made of 95 % upcycled material, all hand woven wool, vintage handcrafted copper and silver jewelry and natural material which resonance with my Scandinavian heart.

❄❄❄ Tickets are out – get your to the Uma Obscura festival. It will so be worth it!

The making of the Birka Collection: hidden treasures

Pretty things are easily found, but for me, beauty possesses another dimension. A depth. I tend to fall in love with what is not obvious. In the tinest of things, in what is hidden. It resonances in most things I do, and especially in my design.

What is hidden, might be found.

Working on my new collection, this is my main approach. Transforming items, hiding elements which are like buried treasures to be discovered, or maybe to remain unrevealed. I know what they are, the care and love put into creating my vision. It brings a smile to my face. That is enough.

This is a centerpiece I made for one of the Birka costumes which will be featured at the Fashion show at the Uma Obscura festival April 28th 2018 – will the crowd notice the dark amber stone I put in the centerpiece? Certainly not. I don’t even think my model will notice it to be honest. If I didn’t know it was there, I’d probably miss it, too. Still, even if not searched for, it is there. Not waiting to be discovered, unlike people, a piece of stone hardly know the meaning of waiting. Still, there it is. Now isn’t that a thing of beauty?

FireBirdFusion Creative Challenge of October 2017 – oh they are so trying to get me this time!

This seem to be somewhat of a theme, every time I ask my kids to clean out their toys or clothes, they give me something to transform as a challenge. They absolutely love it. This is the second time, and apart from Halloween times, orange seem to be another theme of theirs. The last challenge I got, the orange baby T-Rex toy, became the Jurassic Hide n’ Seek hair ornament. Could I possible top that?

So….this is what I have got to work with. A pair of worn out orange pants.

Well…this is what I have to work with. My son’s worn out orange manchester pants. And the challenge? Make it into a belt, mum, he said. Pumpkin shaped belt.

Make it pumpkin shaped, he said.

It will be interesting to see where we’ll go from here.

Shop update: FireBirdFusion kimono robes

I am so excited to introduce this – my beautiful line of FireBirdFusion kimono robes. I have been making them for myself quite some time, but somehow it did not occur to me that others would love them as well.

They make the most beautiful cover ups for your bellydance or burlesque costume, or why not wear them to a party or dinner invitation? My favorite use is still to just slip into one of these beauties in the morning when having that essential wake up coffee. It simply makes the world a prettier place.

FireBirdFusion’s 1920s style ooak kimono robe, handmade of vintage saree fabric.

I make the robes out of vintage saree fabric and trims which I buy on my travels to India. As with all my creations, I want to use as much vintage material as possible. I don’t like to see the beauty and effort of such amazing craftmanship go to waste, and by using vintage material less chemicals are spread in our environment. All fabrics are carefully washed before being transformed into new shapes.

A beautiful FireBirdFusion 1920s style kimono robe in dusty green and peachy pink with large ivory trims covered in sequin embroidery, size Extra large

Some of my robes are made out of silk, others from synthetic fabric. What they do have in common is that every single textile used is carefully chosen by myself, they got the most beautiful and intricate embroidery with sequins or glass beads, and they are all unique, one of a kind creations.

Adding the trims to a lovely dusty pink saree fabric to create a FireBirdFusion 1920s style kimono robe.

The robes are usually not made to order, rather I make them in between other commissions whenever I find time. All currently available robes are found in the section FireBird costumes on my Etsy shop, so take a look there if curious to see what is in stock right now. I make them in sizes ranging between Extra small to Extra large (European sizes).

Four amazing 1920s style kimono robe in gorgeous vintage hand embroidered saree fabric.

Since the fabric is vintage, they show sign of being loved and used, and as such there will inevitable be some sequins or beads missing. It is part of their charm. To make them last long, let them air after use. If you do need to wash them, gentle hand wash is recommended. For the silk robes, dry clean is the better choice.